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The Area

The village of Thixendale is located on the Yorkshire Wolds in the middle of nowhere, but close to everywhere!

Country Huts on the Wolds, self-catering shepherds huts sit at the end of the village, overlooking the cricket pitch with a view down the valley, landscape which inspired David Hockney.  


There is church and a village hall offering refreshments on a Sunday afternoon, a postbox and even an old-fashioned red phonebox!  Cricket matches are played on the cricket pitch in front of the shepherds huts and a list of home fixtures can be found here.  There maybe additional fixtures, depending on Thixendale's progress through Cup matches!

The village pub, The Cross Keys is back open serving drinks and food from Thursday to Monday.  Please note that children under 14 are not allowed into the pub, but are welcome in the beer garden.

Thixendale stands at the meeting place of six valleys, surrounded by stretches of chalk grasslands. It is most known for its location near the midway point of the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail.

Situated about 10 miles south of Malton, 10 miles north of Pocklington, 20 miles east of York and 30 miles from the Yorkshire coast.



Places to Visit

There are some amazing places to visit when staying in one of farm shepherds huts;

Robert Fuller Gallery - a short walk from Country Huts to the wildlife artist's gallery, where you can see his paintings and the countryside and wildlife that inspires him.  You may have seen Robert on BBC's The One Show!

Malton - a delightful market town with brilliant independent shops and known as the food capital of Yorkshire.

York - Brimming with history and beautiful architecture one day out in York won't be enough!

Sledmere House - Still lived in by the Sykes family, Sledmere has a great affinity with Thixendale as the village used to be part of Sledmere Estate.  Many of the houses, the Vicarage, Church, Village Hall and Farm were all built by the Sykes family.  Visit the house, gardens, cafe, farmshop or home gift and garden store.

Burton Agnes Hall - based just outside Driffield, the Hall is a lived in home and along with the gardens open to the public between March and October.  If you're a music fan, don't miss the jazz and blues festival in July!

Castle Howard - A stunning house and garden which can regularly be seen on screen!  Castle Howard provided the back drop to Brideshead Revisited, Garfield, Victoria, Death Comes To Pemberley and latterly Bridgerton.  Visit the farm shop, cafe, garden centre and playground.

Nunnington Hall (National Trust) - A picturesque Yorkshire Manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions.

Scampston Hall - a regency country house located just outside Malton, with an award winning contemporary walled garden, plus cafe, plants and gifts.  Also the home to Malton Agricultural Show in July.

Gardens open for the National Garden Scheme - We are blessed to have an abundance of gardens open to the public to inspire you and enjoy.

Racecourses - Beverley and York are the closest to enjoy a summer's day flat racing, but there are nine racecourse in Yorkshire with meetings all year round, so take your pick!  Thixendale is also close to England's oldest horse race, the Kiplingcotes Derby, which takes place on the third Thursday in March.

Equestrian - Yorkshire is a very horsey county and whatever your discipline there is likely to be something to satisfy your interest.  From top class horse trials, dressage and show jumping at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley to Polo.. 

Yorkshire Coast - It's approximately a 30 mile drive to Filey, Bridlington and Scarborough, or travel further afield over the North Yorkshire Whitby, Sandsend and Staithes.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Take a step back in time and enjoy a ride through the pretty villages of the moors from the town of Pickering as far as Whitby on the steam trains. 

Wolds Way Lavender - Nature themed gardens, trails and play.


Places to Eat

The Cross Keys - Thixendale (please note children must be aged 14 or over to go inside the pub.) .

The Triton - Sledmere

The Jolly Farmers - Leavening

The Bay Horse - Burythorpe

The Blacksmith Arms - Westow

The Pipe and Glass - South Dalton

Fish and Chips - Wetwang


Walking and Cycling

The Yorkshire Wolds Way - A 79 mile walking route starting at the Humber Estuary and finishing at Filey Brigg, taking in Thixendale along the way.

Centenary Way - an 83 mile walking route from the Howardian Hills and across the Yorkshire Wolds, taking in Castle Howard and the medieval village of Wharram Percy 

Circular Walks - There are several circular walks taking in the stunning scenery of Thixendale which are listed on the village website.

Cycling Routes - lots of options for cyclists!

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